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Poster: JonDiamond Date: Jun 27, 2009 7:40am
Forum: feature_films Subject: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

I am in the process of putting together a horror hosting show on a public access TV station. I have been scowering the net for sci-fi and horror public domain movies for a good while now and frankly I'm not having a lot of luck. If one site says a movie is in the PD another site says its not. Now I have used to research individual movies, but it's not always easy to find what you are looking for on there. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know they are public domain horror/sci-fi movies from the early 1900s all the way up till more recently, but most of the sites I run into just list the older more common ones. Frankly I would say anyone on this board could name more PD movies off the top of their head than most sites list. lol But anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Poster: schmungo Date: Nov 15, 2009 4:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Hello i noticed you have Sound of Horror 1964.Would it be possible to obtain a copy from you please,i have looked everywhere for it.Thanks.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jul 24, 2009 11:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

These are all TV-safe horror and sci-fi movies. I have loads more but this is a good start and a good mix of colour and B/W shows. If you need more help with movies or finding suitable copies let me know.

All The Kind Strangers 1974 Stacey Keach
Ape Man, The 1943 Bela Lugosi
Ape, The 1940 Boris Karloff
Atom Age Vampire 1960 Alberto Lupo
Attack of the Giant Leeches 1959 Ken Clark
Beast From Haunted Cave 1959 Micheal Forest
Beast of the Yellow Night 1971 John Ashley
Beast of Yucca Flats, The 1961 Tor Johnson
Black Dragons 1942 Bela Lugosi
Blancheville Monster, The 1963 Gerard Tichy
Blood Creature/Terror is a Man 1959 Francis Lederer
Blood Tide 1982 James Earl Jones
Bloodlust! 1961 Robert Reed
Bloody Brood, The 1959 Peter Falk
Bloody Pit of Horror, The 1965 Mickey Hargitay
Bowery at Midnight 1942 Bela Lugosi
Bride of the Gorilla 1951 Bela Lugosi
Bucket of Blood, A 1959 Dick Miller
Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The 1920 Conrad Veidt
Carnival of Souls 1962 Candace Hilligoss
Cathy's Curse 1977 Alan Scarfe
Corpse Vanishes, The 1942 Bela Lugosi
Creature From The Haunted Sea 1961 Antony Carbone
Curse of the Headless Horseman 1974 Ultra Violet
Dead Men Walk 1943 George Zucco
Death at Love House 1976 Robert Wagner
Dementia 13 1963 William Campbell
Demon, The 1979 Cameron Mitchell
Devil Bat, The 1940 Bela Lugosi
Devil Monster 1946 Barry Norton
Devil's Daughter, The 1946 Fernand Ledoux
Devil's Hand 1962 Robert Alda
Devil's Messenger, The 1961 Lon Chaney, Jr
Devil's Partner, The 1962 Ed Nelson
Devil's Party, The 1938 Victor McLaglen
Dominique is Dead 1978 Cliff Robertson
Don't Look in the Basement 1973 Bill McGhee
Doomsday Machine, The 1972 Bobby Van
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1920 John Barrymore
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (CLIMAX! Telemovie) 1955 Cedric Hardwicke
Driller Killer 1979 Abel Ferrara
Drive in Massacre 1976 Jake Barnes
End of the World, The 1977 Christopher Lee
Eternal Evil 1985 Karen Black
Fog Island 1945 George Zucco
Funeral Home 1980 Kate Hawtrey
Ghost Ship 1952 Hazel Court
Ghost Walks, The 1931 Jack Holt
Ghost, The 1963 Barbara Steele
Golem, The 1920 Paul Wegener
Good Against Evil 1977 Kim Cattrall
Grave of the Vampire 1974 Michael Pataki
Haunted Ranch 1943 John King
Haunts 1977 May Britt
Head, The 1959 Horst Frank
Horror Express 1973 Christopher Lee
Horrors of Spider Island1960 Harold Maresch
House of Exorcism, The 1973 Alida Valli
House of the Dead 1978 John Ericson
House on Haunted Hill 1959 Vincent Price
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The 1923 Lon Chaney
I Bury The Living 1958 Richard Boone
I Eat Your Skin 1964 William Joyce
Invisible Ghost, The 1941 Bela Lugosi
Invisible Killer, The 1939 Grace Bradley
Killer Shrews 1959 James Best
King of the Zombies 1941 Dick Purcell
Lady Frankenstein 1971 Joseph Cotton
Last Man on Earth 1964 Vincent Price
Last Woman on Earth 1960 Mike Connors
Legacy of Blood 1971 Rodolfo Acosta
Legend of Big Foot, The 1979 Stafford Morgan
Lucifer Complex, The 1978 Robert Vaughn
Mad Monster, The 1942 George Zucco
Mama Dracula 1980 Louise Fletcher
Man in the Attic 1953 Jack Palance
Maniac 1934 William Woods
Manos: The Hands of Fate 1966 Tom Neyman
Manster, The 1962 Peter Dyneley
Medusa 1973 George Hamilton
Memorial Valley Massacre 1988 Cameron Mitchell
Messiah of Evil 1973 Michael Greer
Midnight Shadow 1939 France Redd
Monster Maker, The 1944 J Carrol Naish
Monster Walks, The 1932 Rex Lease
Moonstone, The 1934 David Manners
Most Dangerous Game, The 1932 Fay Wray
Night Fright 1967 John Agar
Night of Bloody Horror 1974 Gerard McRaney
Night of the Blood Beast 1958 John Baer
Night of the Living Dead 1968 Duane Jones
Nightmare Castle 1965 Barbara Steele
Nosferatu 1922 Max Schreck
One Frightened Night 1935 Regis Toomey
Penalty, The 1923 Lon Chaney
Phantom Creeps, The 1939 Bela Lugosi
Phantom of the Opera, The 1925 Lon Chaney
Rattlers 1976 Sam Chew Jr
Revolt of the Zombies 1936 Dean Jagger
Ring of Terror 1962 George E Mather
Sadist, The 1963 Arch Hall Jr
Savage Weekend 1979 David Gale
Scared To Death 1947 Bela Lugosi
Scream Bloody Murder 1973 Fred Holbert
Scream of the Wolf 1974 Peter Graves
Screaming Skull 1958 John Hudson
Seven Doors To Death 1944 George Meeker
She Beast, The 1966 Barbara Steele
She Gods of Shark Reef 1958 Bill Cord
Shock, The 1923 Lon Chaney
Silent Night, Bloody Night 1974 John Carradine
Sisters of Death 1977 Arthur Franz
Slashed Dreams 1975 Peter Hooten
Snake People, The 1971 Boris Karloff
Sound of Horror 1964 James Philbrook
Spider's Venom 1971 Simon Brent
Spooks Run Wild 1941 Bela Lugosi
Svengali 1931 John Barrymore
Tales of Frankenstien 1958 Anton Diffring
Teenage Zombies 1959 Don Sullivan
Terror, The 1963 Boris Karloff
They 1974 Paul Bentzen
Thirsty Dead, The 1974 Jennifer Billingsly
Tormented 1960 Richard Carlson
Track of the Moon Beast 1976 Chase Cordell
Vampire Bat 1933 Lionel Atwill
Wasp Woman, The 1960 Susan Cabot
Werewolf in a Girls Dorm 1961 Carl Schell
Werewolf of Washington, The 1973 Dean Stockwell
White Zombie 1932 Bela Lugosi

Alpha Incident 1977 Ralph Meeker
Amazing Transparent Man, The 1960 Marguerite Chapman
Assignment Outer Space 1961 Rik Van Nutter
Astral Factor, The 1976 Stephanie Powers
Atomic Brain, The 1964 Marjorie Eaton
Battle Beyond the Sun 1963 Ivan Pereverzev
Battle of the Worlds 1961 Claude Rains
Brain Machine, The 1977 James Best
Brain That Wouldn't Die 1962 Jason Evers
Cosmos: War of the Planets 1977 John Richardson
Creature of Destruction 1967 Les Tremayne
Curse of the Swamp Creature 1966 John Agar
Day the Sky Exploded 1958 Fiorella Mari
Disappearance of Flight 412, The 1975 Glen Ford
Eegah 1962 Arch Hall Jr
Eye Creatures, The 1965 John Ashley
Galaxy Invader, The 1985 Richard Ruxton
Gamera The Invincible 1966 Brian Donlevy
Giant Gila Monster, The 1959 Don Sullivan
In The Year 2889 1967 Paul Peterson
Incredible Petrified World, The 1957 John Carradine
Indestructible Man 1956 Lon Chaney, Jr
Journey to the Center of Time 1967 Scott Brady
Killers From Space 1954 Peter Graves
Last Man on Earth, The 1964 Vincent Price
Phantom From 10,000 Leagues, The 1956 Kent Taylor
Phantom From Space 1953 Ted Cooper
Phantom Planet, The 1961 Dean Fredericks
Planet Outlaws 1953 Buster Crabbe
Prisoners of the Lost Universe 1983 Richard Hatch
Purple Death From Outer Space 1966 Buster Crabbe
Robot Pilot 1941 Forrest Tucker
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of the Moons 1954 Richard Crane
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Menace from Outer Space 1956 Richard Crane
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 1964 John Call
Teenagers From Outer Space 1959 David Love
They Came From Beyond Space 1967 Michael Gough
UFO: Target Earth 1974 Nick Plakias
Unknown World 1951 Bruce Kellog
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women 1968 Mamie Van Doran
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet 1965 Basil Rathbone
War of the Robots 1978 Antonio Sabato
Zontar the Thing From Venus 1966 John Agar

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-07-25 06:07:11

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Poster: quigs Date: Feb 14, 2010 7:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Video Cellar;
I saw on your list Dr Jekyl and My Hyde with sir Cedic Harwicke. It also stars Michael Rennie as well in the duo role. Do you know of anyone that has said recording?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Feb 14, 2010 7:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

I do have a copy - complete and uncut with intro, Chrysler ads and station ID. I have been meaning to upload it for a long time - ever since a copy with strangely similar tracking problems to a DVD I made off my video turned up on a Mill Creek boxset.

Expect to see it in Classic TV in the next day or so after I get some of the 1959 Hancock episodes uploaded.

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Poster: drworm01 Date: Feb 1, 2014 10:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Hi Video-Cellar,
I'm posting a follow-up question to your list. This list has Medusa (George Hamilton, 1973) as TV-safe, but the list skybandit had compiled of what you've previous noted as PD/not-PD as of 1/12/10 (posted here: ) lists it as Unconfirmed with "No Notice, Can't Confirm Publication Information, but Probably GATT/URAA." Is "TV-safe" slightly different from Public Domain or is this film safe to upload to the Archive? If the latter, I have a copy ready to go.

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Poster: dstiger500 Date: Feb 4, 2010 3:51pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die - what makes this film PD? wrong notice? no renewal? no timely registration? what?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Feb 4, 2010 7:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. The Brain That Wouldn't Die

This film was registerd for copyright in 1988. The registration is below:

The Brain that wouldn't die.
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000399511 / 1988-09-29
Application Title: The Head that wouldn’t die.
Title: The Brain that wouldn’t die.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Rex Carlton Productions
Date of Creation: 1959
Date of Publication: 1962-10-31
Date in Notice: notice: 1960
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

While it was first published in August 1962, the film was made in 1959 and carried a copyright notice stating 1960. A published film from this time's first copyright term began during the year contained in the notice, regardless of whether that notice reflects the publication date (a predated notice of less that 28 years was acceptible if a timely registration and renwewal was lodged, but a post dated notice of more than one year is considered a faulty notice.) For this movie, a renewal registration was required by 31 December 1988 for the copyright to endure into the second term. No such renewal was lodged.

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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 26, 2012 9:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

great to see that I'm not only in good company as far as hosting a PD movie show, but also in my confusion re: what is and is not PD

I contacted Mill Creek about their compliations...and I quite literally LOL'd when I got their form letter reply stating that "copyright status is confidential"...

thanks for the list!!

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Poster: heymikey Date: Jun 27, 2009 2:08pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

You might check another page here:

It is a list of PD films.

You might also talk to the compiler of the list "Mr Lobo" here:

He is a working Horror Host, and also very helpful.

Also Dale Kay hosts Spookshow and can be reached at:

I spoke with him at length before about his show and PD stuff, he might be able to point you in the right direction.
Spookshow can be found here

Anyhow, I hope this helps.

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Poster: JonDiamond Date: Jun 27, 2009 9:18pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Thanks alot guys for all the info. That is one massive list of movies and I'm sure those links will come in extremely handy. I do have one question about one of the titles in the list. Are you positive Deadtime Stories is public domain? I ask because I spoke with the webmaster for their office site and he claims it's not and that Millcreek shouldn't have even added it to their 50 pack. Also I've heard that if you buy a newer copy of that 50 pack, the movie has been replaced with something else.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jun 28, 2009 1:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Yes, you're right. The list is old and I was trying to update it as I posted. I missed removing Bell From Hell, Deadtime Stories, Frozen Alive, Murder Mansion and Voyage to the End of The Universe. I took them off the list to avoid confusion. Sorry about that.

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Poster: JonDiamond Date: Jun 28, 2009 1:52am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Not a problem man. Actually I'm glad you removed Bell From Hell. I know some people liked it, but I thought it was extremely boring. Ah well. Even with those deductions that is still one heck of a list. If anymore pop into your head feel free to post again. The more the merrier. lol

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Poster: kreep Date: Jul 27, 2009 7:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

Hey "John", I'm Dale Kay from Spookshow. Glad I'm not the only guy doing the cable thing. All I can say about PD movies is do a lot of cross-referencing and read all you can. This is by far the best site, but, no one site is infailable (sp?).
Lots of luck on the new show....where/how can I see it?
You can contact me directly, if you like.
I'm grateful for all the folks who post, here. It's an awesome resource....particularly if you're a bit of an historian...........................or just old.
My kids like this stuff, too, and learned a lot that you can't get out of the school system, that's for sure.

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Poster: JonDiamond Date: Jul 27, 2009 8:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

When and where to see out hopeful show is still a question. I'd like to have a website for it and show it on the site, but that would be up to the TV station. I'm talking to a TV station right now, but we're still in very early stages. If I ever get the show going I'll be sure to post something about it on here.

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Poster: kreep Date: Jul 28, 2009 5:13am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Information. All help is appreciated.

I wish you the best. Mine is family friendly and my own children co-produce. Horror hosting is a fading art, I fear.
THANKS, corporate TV......thanks.....for nothing, you know, that nothing you broadcast daily.